Amnesty human rights blasts Microsoft (Wrongly?)
Agreed, Amnetsy International is wrong on this one. Should Microsoft allow companies to prevent access to site with explicit content but prevent the prevention of access to sites with "democracy"? And how would they go about defining the words a user couldn't define? Seems like a case of wanting to point the finger of blame so badly one fails to think of how the accused could have prevented the crime.
How much of the "Microsoft" software running in China is even legitimate, anyway? Much as I dislike M$, can't blame them for how their software is used, especially if it has been pirated.
Although, on the other hand, witness the recent controversy about Photoshop CS, where you can't open or work on any image containing a scan or picture of an official banknote (US dollars, Euros, etc.) It does seem that some companies ARE trying to enforce laws with their software... The line between this, DRM, and stopping China blocking sites on democracy, is quite blurry I would think...
Next they'll be asking Zippo* to include a "feature" to prevent indian husbands from burning thier unfaithful wives.
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As long as Microsoft is not adding features like unique trackind IDs in Word documents to their products, then I don't see what the problem is. Of course, if MS contracting built-to-order a Carnivore-like system, that would be troubling as well.
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